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May 4th, 2010, 06:44 AM
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we have been going to alot of indoor playgrounds. the kinds with climbing stuff, tubes/tunnels in the air and slides. recently my 18 mth old discovered that she isn't afraid anymore and she wants to play on the equipment however she needs me to stay behind her and give her a push up the steps, go down the big tube/twisty slides w/ her and give her some encouragement. this is fine when i have an extra person w/ us to watch the baby but i don't feel comfortable leaving the baby while i climb around the tubes 15 feet in the air w/ riley.

i have always said that i won't let my other kids suffer becuz i decided to have another baby. so i really want to be able to do these things on our own. nathan is loosing our main therapist which amounts to a drastic cut back in hours (they don't have enough staff to refill the position) so i will be on my own a lot more for our community outings.

can i wear a 1 mth old and climb around on playground equipment? that doesn't seem safe.

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May 4th, 2010, 07:32 AM
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You may have to team up with another mom for playdates for a little while. Someone that has kids around the same age as the twins, maybe? She could hold Kaycee while you play w/ Riley.
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May 4th, 2010, 07:43 AM
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have your older dc help and be an encouragement to their sibling. it's not making them suffer it's encouraging teamwork, which is a valuable life skill.
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May 4th, 2010, 07:56 AM
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Becca is 2, so a little older, but she's a tough girl, and the other kids help her do things she can't quite reach. My kids like to help most of the time, yours might too

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May 4th, 2010, 08:57 AM
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I have tried to get Reagan to help her (Nathan just isn't able to do something like that) but it doesn't work. Reagan will say "come on Riley" but she can't push her up the steps so Riley won't go, Riley just cries for me to help her.

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May 4th, 2010, 09:34 AM
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I would wear my baby and help her on the playset. I've done that before and I felt like the baby was fine in the carrier. I have also let my baby nap in the stroller in the shade, but only if the park was pretty much empty and I kept my eye on the stroller the whole time. The idea of teaming up with another mom sounds good too...especially if you can find a friend with a mix of older and younger kids. One of you could watch the babies and the other could play with the toddlers.
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